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Texas Attorney General Paxton Says Dallas County Can’t Force People to Wear Masks

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter on May 12, 2020 that Dallas County officials can’t force people to wear masks or stay at home.

The letter highlights that local orders cannot be in conflict with Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders in response to the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Paxton sent similar letters to leaders in Bexar and Travis counties.

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The letter asserts that Dallas County’s public health order “exceeds the county’s lawful authority and that it is likely to confuse residents.”

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The AG’s office urged the county to “act quickly to correct mistakes like these” to avoid legal action.

The letter listed four areas where certain urban counties’ orders clash with Abbott’s order.

Although Abbott has encouraged people to wear masks on multiple occasions, his executive order does not require mask wearing when they go outside. During a news conference announcing parts of his reopening plan, Abbott said local governments can’t punish people for refusing to wear masks.

“Instead, the governor’s order recognizes that Texans will act responsibly and make smart decisions to protect themselves and their families,” Paxton’s letter read. “In contrast, your order purports to strip Texans of their agency.”

The letter also outlines how local governments can’t restrict essential or reopened businesses. The statewide order “recommends, but does not mandate,” that businesses comply with health guidelines from the White House, the state health department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Texas state government has gone out of its way to protect gun rights by declaring gun stores essential.

However, it did not take sufficiently decisive action in keeping the state open. Instead, it took a lukewarm approach to the issue and let activist local governments ram through their closure orders.

Abbott needs to continue with the reopening plan and make sure that Texas reopens in a timely manner. America’s most economically dynamic state cannot afford to stay closed for any longer.

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Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting

They say they’re not changing their name.

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The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.

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But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.

Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.

The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.

The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.

It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.

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